Migrant children omitted in health statistics
Children migrating to WA from the Eastern states and from overseas are excluded from government planning for child health nurses. By Linda Belardi.
Hundreds of children migrating to Western Australia each year are being ignored in regard to government planning for child health services, a parliamentary report has revealed. An interim report on early childhood development, said despite the state's huge population boom, the Department of Health did not keep statistics on the children of migrants aged from birth to five years. The Education and Health Standing Committee said it was surprised by the finding and recommended an agreement be immediately developed with federal agencies to collect this data. "Given these children form a...
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